10th March

…‘Chindit’ Magnolia ‘Purple Sensation’ just coming. 2010 planted and 15-18ft tall already. Magnolia ‘Purple Sensation’ Magnolia ‘Purple Sensation’ The first large leafed Rhododendron sinogrande seedling which I have seen out…

20th April

…improving each year. We have cut this for the Rosemoor RHS show on Saturday. Magnolia ‘Sensation’ Magnolia ‘Sensation’ Magnolia ‘Sensation’ Azalea ‘Salmon Pink’ has been scorched by sun after 10…

14th May

…Nes Sensation’ Rhododendron ‘Van Nes Sensation’ Rhododendron ‘Beauty of Littleworth’ now full out and without the pink tinge in the opening buds. Rhododendron ‘Beauty of Littleworth’ 2017 – CHW Very…

16th May

…Syringa vulgaris ‘Sensation’ Syringa vulgaris ‘Sensation’ We looked at Fagus sylvatica ‘Aurea Pendula’ last week. This is Fagus sylvatica ‘Zlatia’ by the Four in Hand. The new yellow leaves glow…

25th May

…excellent today here we cut this for Chelsea a week ago but it flopped in the heat and had to be binned before judging. Syringa vulgaris ‘Sensation’ Syringa vulgaris ‘Sensation’…

27th May

…at Chelsea. Rhododendron ‘Kabarett’ Rhododendron ‘Kabarett’ Rhododendron ‘Germania’ Rhododendron ‘Germania’ ‘Germania’ has a pleasing gentle colour for a newish hybrid and a welcome addition. Syringa ‘Sensation’ Syringa ‘Sensation’ I must…

10th January

…Magnolia ‘Ian’s Red’ Camellia ‘Cinnamon Sensation’ just opening. Camellia ‘Cinnamon Sensation’ Camellia ‘Cinnamon Sensation’ Annoyingly deer have been nibbling even the evergreen azaleas in Kennel Close. The bite marks are…

8th September

Sensation’ Hydrangea paniculata ‘Early Sensation’ Arundo donax ‘Golden Chain’ outside the converted barns which is clearly in the wrong place but looking very fine indeed. Loads of new shoots. Arundo…

12th June

…gold coin really as big as this? Cornus kousa ‘Doubloon’ Cornus kousa ‘Doubloon’ Syringa vulgans ‘Sensation’ is nearly over. Missed it properly again this year. This is one of the…

23rd January

…Burncoose; never turns a hair and is flowering now as is a large one in a garden in Trevarrick. Tetrapanax papyrifera ‘Rex’ Tetrapanax papyrifera ‘Rex’ Camellia ‘Cinnamon Sensation’ in shade….